Thrift the Look: Paying Homage to The Flashy Girl From Flushing, Fran Fine

Image courtesy of @whatfranwore Artwork by Nora Drew

I thought if Fran Fine could pull off head-to-toe leopard print, then my matching Oshkosh cherry print leggings and sweatshirt with red Keds made me look put together and on-trend.

My style is heavily influenced by my music and media consumption as a kid. As long as it came from the late 80’s all the way to the early aughts, I’m all over it! So it’s no wonder I chose my Thrift the Look from the queen of effortless glam herself, Ms. Fran Fine. I never watched The Nanny for the witty dialogue, the will-they won’t-they relationship between her and silver-streaked fox Mr. Sheffield, or for the biting remarks from Niles, their incorrigible butler. I obviously watched for the outfits! And the show’s costume designer, Brenda Cooper is the one to thank for serving those looks. Todd Oldham and Moschino became my favorite designers before I even knew what fashion was thanks to Brenda. And Fran set the scene way before Carrie and her gal pals touched down in West Village for Sex and the City (a show we will definitely Thrift the Look for in the future).

Photo and Artwork by Nora Drew Styling by Leslie Castromayor/Nora Drew.

As a young chubby Filipino girl being raised by American TV, I felt connected to Fran Fine.

Her joie de vivre, her larger than life personality, and her style were all things I personally connected with. My mother would dress me in matching outfits until I was about 9 years old, and being that age in the heyday of this pivotal show really imprinted upon my fashion choices growing up. I thought if Fran Fine could pull off head-to-toe leopard print, then my matching Oshkosh cherry print leggings and sweatshirt with red Keds made me look put together and on-trend.

She was there to bring fantasy and wonder to the Sheffield family, and make any gal both relate and dream to be the Flashy Girl from Flushing.

A lot of feels came up when we did the shoot, and even though it was a couple of quick shots on Nora’s roof, I really felt glamorous, fun, and almost-dare I say it?- like a Super-Model!  I think that was the point of Nanny Fine’s character. She was there to bring fantasy and wonder to the Sheffield family, and make any gal both relate and dream to be the Flashy Girl from Flushing.

Image courtesy of @whatfranwore Artwork by Nora Drew.

 

With Love,

Leslie